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Grand Rapids, MN
7.6k
Classic Only
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218-328-8982
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Rated intermediate. Part of the Golden Anniversary State Forest.
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Reports 1 to 10 of 13    Month: Jan | Dec
Sunday, January 26, 2020
Morning
Firsthand: Classic 
[ Trails Open: Most, B skis ]
Tracks decent from the north/Wendigo, has not been groomed since last dusting. Bulldozer recently active on timber sale related roads/trails. Wish they would keep the trails clear of burms where they push snow. Have to take skis off or side step. Crossed the dozer tracks four times. Beautiful though, and all to myself until the end when I ran in to some folks.
(Meadow Kouffeld)
Tuesday, January 21, 2020
Evening
Firsthand: Classic 
[ Trails Open: Most, B skis ]
Trail just groomed. Snow soft in tracks still so a little extra workout involved. Wind was blowing leaves etc. in to the track. Logging road still active. Came in from the north off Wendigo. Happy to have the trail open again!
(Meadow Kouffeld)
Wednesday, January 15, 2020
Morning
Observation Secondhand 
[ Trails: Closed ]
Trails are still posted closed at both entrances. County forester and DNR groomer are working to resolve hazardous conditions on loops 1 and 3. Caution signs have been put up on only two of the four newly plowed logging roads crossing the ski trail on Loop 3. More snow, grooming and setting track is planned for Friday which should result in re-opening the trail for the weekend.
(Catherine McLynn)
Monday, January 13, 2020
Morning
Observation 
[ Trails: Closed ]
Glad to see trail posted closed and DNR posted notice on this website. I did notice snowshoers have gone in alongside the tracks. Better choice than skis!
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(Catherine McLynn)
Monday, January 13, 2020
Morning
Grooming 
[ Trails: Closed ]
Due to poor trail conditions the ski trails at Cowhorn have been closed until they can be groomed.
(Guy Lunz)
Friday, January 10, 2020
Morning
Firsthand: Classic 
[ Trails Open: Most, B skis ]
Warning: Very hazardous conditions exist! Not groomed as of 1 pm today. Avoid loop 1 from Danson Road parking lot! Advanced hills on that loop are covered with frozen ruts from snowmobile rescue of skier with broken leg last Sunday. Loop 2 is crossed three times by plowed road for logging. Each crossing there are frozen ice berms so sidestepping or taking skis off is necessary. Skiers on the trail have no warning and are on a downhill when they come to one of the plowed sections. The icy crust underneath the skiff of new snow makes snowplowing difficult in the rough areas.
DNR Trails and Itasca County forester have been contacted about the urgent need to groom.
(Catherine McLynn)
Thursday, January 9, 2020
Afternoon
Secondhand 
[ Trails Open: Most ]
From DNR: The trail was last groomed on Dec 31st. The furthest south loop (Loop 3 E), as well as the east/west cut-across in Loop 3, is closed due to logging traffic. Loop 3 W is still open but use caution and watching for equipment crossing the trail.
Confirmed with forester that all loops are open. Boomer Blue trail ends after 1.6 miles. South 1,8 miles is plowed for logging. Use caution crossing plowed logging road. New snow on trail should allow for decent skiing if new grooming not done for the weekend.
(Catherine McLynn)
Sunday, January 5, 2020
Afternoon
Secondhand 
[ Trails Open: Most ]
Track reported by a skier to be very icy and dangerous. She fell and broke femur, had to be airlifted to Duluth.
(Catherine McLynn)
Thursday, December 19, 2019
Afternoon
Firsthand: Classic 
[ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
Skied Loops 2 and 3. Conditions mostly good; two small bare spots on Loop 3. Use caution on the steeper downhills--track setting a bit erratic, quite a few jogs for no apparent reason. Doesn't look like these trails were cleared prior to snow. Groomer had to cut and clear numerous deadfalls.
(Bill Schnell)
Thursday, December 19, 2019
Morning
Firsthand: Classic Secondhand 
[ Trails: Closed, Good skis ]
Trail did not appear to be packed before setting a track, so the track is set extremely narrow and skis sink in too far. Foot catches on sides of set track. Very dangerous skiing! I thought my skis were icing up but it was the same extra blue that has been working great on Suomi. After three falls, I could not wait to get off trail and went to ski Alder Pond with no problems.
DNR is posting trail closed. Boomer Blue out is ok. In run track is bad but skiers can ski in the middle. DNR will try to regroom next Tuesday.
(Catherine McLynn)

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